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                                          Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S10531-S10683
Measures Introduced: Twenty-four bills and four resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1910-1933, and S. Res. 288-291. 
                                                        Pages S10604-05
Measures Reported:
  S. 793, to provide for the expansion and improvement of traumatic 
brain injury programs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. 
(S. Rept. No. 110-140)
  H.R. 1260, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 6301 Highway 58 in Harrison, Tennessee, as the 
``Claude Ramsey Post Office''.
  H.R. 1335, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 508 East Main Street in Seneca, South Carolina, as 
the ``S Sgt Lewis G. Watkins Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 1425, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 4551 East 52nd Street in Odessa, Texas, as the 
``Staff Sergeant Marvin ``Rex'' Young Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 1434, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 896 Pittsburgh Street in Springdale, Pennsylvania, 
as the ``Rachel Carson Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 1617, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 561 Kingsland Avenue in University City, Missouri, 
as the ``Harriett F. Woods Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 1722, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 601 Banyan Trail in Boca Raton, Florida, as the 
``Leonard W. Herman Post Office''.
  H.R. 2025, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 11033 South State Street in Chicago, Illinois, as 
the ``Willye B. White Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 2077, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 20805 State Route 125 in Blue Creek, Ohio, as the 
``George B. Lewis Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 2078, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 14536 State Route 136 in Cherry Fork, Ohio, as the 
``Staff Sergeant Omer T. `O.T.'' Hawkins Post Office'.
  H.R. 2127, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 408 West 6th Street in Chelsea, Oklahoma, as the 
``Clem Rogers McSpadden Post Office Building''.
  H.R. 2563, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 309 East Linn Street in Marshalltown, Iowa, as the 
``Major Scott Nisely Post Office''.
  H.R. 2570, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 301 Boardwalk Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado, as 
the ``Dr. Karl E. Carson Post Office Building''.
  S. 1011, to change the name of the National Institute on Drug Abuse 
to the National Institute on Diseases of Addiction and to change the 
name of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to the 
National Institute on Alcohol Disorders and Health, with an amendment.
  S. 1539, to designate the post office located at 309 East Linn 
Street, Marshalltown, Iowa, as the ``Major Scott Nisely Post Office''.
  S. 1596, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 103 South Getty Street in Uvalde, Texas, as the 
``Dolph S. Briscoe, Jr. Post Office Building''.
  S. 1693, to enhance the adoption of a nationwide interoperable health 
information technology system and to improve the quality and reduce the 
costs of health care in the United States, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute.
  S. 1732, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 301 Boardwalk Drive in Fort Collins, Colorado, as 
the ``Dr. Karl E. Carson Post Office Building''.
  S. 1772, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 127 South Elm Street in Gardner, Kansas, as the 
``Private First Class Shane R. Austin Post Office''.
  S. 1781, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 118 Minner Avenue in Bakersfield, California, as the 
``Buck Owens Post Office''.
  S. 1896, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 11 Central Street in

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Hillsborough, New Hampshire, as the ``Officer Jeremy Todd Charron Post 
Office''.
  S. 1923, to authorize appropriations for assistance for the Housing 
Assistance Council, the Raza Development Fund, and for the Housing 
Partnership Network (HPN) and its members.
Pages S10603-04
Measures Passed:
  Safety of Seniors Act: Senate passed S. 845, to direct the Secretary 
of Health and Human Services to expand and intensify programs with 
respect to research and related activities concerning elder falls, 
after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a 
substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto: 
                                                        Pages S10676-78
  Casey (for Enzi/Mikulski) Amendment No. 2622, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Pages S10677-78
  National Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month: Committee on 
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further 
consideration of S. Res. 221, supporting National Peripheral Arterial 
Disease Awareness Month and efforts to educate people about peripheral 
arterial disease, and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S10678
  Honoring Coach Bill Walsh: Senate agreed to S. Res. 290, honoring the 
life and career of former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Bill Walsh. 
                                                        Pages S10678-79
  National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week: Senate 
agreed to S. Res. 291, designating the week beginning September 9, 
2007, as ``National Historically Black Colleges and Universities 
Week''.
  Pages S10679-80
Measures Considered:
Small Business Tax Relief Act: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 
976, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax relief 
for small businesses, taking action on the following amendments 
proposed thereto:
  Pages S10537-92
Rejected:
  By 26 yeas to 58 nays (Vote No. 287), Grassley (for Ensign) Amendment 
No. 2538 (to Amendment No. 2530), to amend the Internal Revenue Service 
Code of 1986 to create a Disease Prevention and Treatment Research 
Trust Fund.
Pages S10537-40
  By 42 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 288), Gregg Amendment No. 2587 (to 
Amendment No. 2530), to limit the matching rate for coverage other than 
for low-income children or pregnant women covered through a waiver and 
to prohibit any new waivers for coverage of adults other than pregnant 
women.
Pages S10537, S10541-42
  By 32 yeas to 64 nays (Vote No. 289), Dole Amendment No. 2554 (to 
Amendment No. 2530), to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to 
provide for a 60-vote point of order against legislation that includes 
a Federal excise tax rate increase which disproportionately affects 
taxpayers with earned income of less than 200 percent of the Federal 
poverty level.
Pages S10556-58, S10581
  Bunning Amendment No. 2547 (to Amendment No. 2530), to eliminate the 
exception for certain States to cover children under SCHIP whose income 
exceeds 300 percent of the Federal poverty level. (By 53 yeas to 43 
nays (Vote No. 290), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                     Pages S10537, S10577-78, S10581-82
  By 35 yeas to 61 nays (Vote No. 291), Lott Modified Amendment No. 
2593 (to Amendment No. 2530), of a perfecting nature. 
                             Pages S10542-44, S10575, S10589, S10582-83
  By 36 yeas to 60 (Vote No. 292), Kerry Modified Amendment No. 2602 
(to Amendment No. 2530), to provide sufficient funding and incentives 
to increase the enrollment of uninsured children. 
                                  Pages S10558-75, S10578-80, S10583-84
Pending:
  Baucus Amendment No. 2530, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                            Page S10537
  Dorgan Amendment No. 2534 (to Amendment No. 2530), to revise and 
extend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
Page S10537
  McConnell/Specter Amendment No. 2599 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
express the sense of the Senate that Judge Leslie Southwick should 
receive a vote by the full Senate.
Pages S10544-56
  Thune Amendment No. 2579 (to Amendment No. 2530), to exclude 
individuals with alternative minimum tax liability from eligibility 
from SCHIP coverage.
Pages S10575-77
  Grassley (for Ensign) Amendment No. 2541 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
prohibit a State from providing child health assistance or health 
benefits coverage to individuals whose family income exceeds 200 
percent of the Federal Poverty Level unless the State demonstrates that 
it has enrolled 95 percent of the targeted low-income children who 
reside in the State.
Pages S10537, S10580-81
  Grassley (for Ensign) Amendment No. 2540 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
prohibit a State from using SCHIP funds to provide coverage for 
nonpregnant adults until the State first demonstrates that it has 
adequately covered targeted low-income children who reside in the 
State.
Pages S10580-81
  Grassley (for Graham) Amendment No. 2558 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
sunset the increase in the tax on tobacco products on September 30, 
2012.
Pages S10584-86
  Grassley (for Kyl) Amendment No. 2537 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
minimize the erosion of private health coverage. 
                                             Pages S10584-86, S10589-92

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  Grassley (for Kyl) Amendment No. 2562 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the 15-
year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements 
and qualified restaurant improvements and to provide a 15-year 
straight-line cost recovery for certain improvements to retail space. 
                                                        Pages S10584-86
  Baucus (for Specter) Amendment No. 2557 (to Amendment No. 2530), to 
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reset the rate of tax under 
the alternative minimum tax at 24 percent.
                                                        Pages S10586-88
  Webb Amendment No. 2618 (to Amendment No. 2530), to eliminate the 
deferral of taxation on certain income of United States shareholders 
attributable to controlled foreign corporations.
                                                        Pages S10588-89
  A motion was entered to close further debate on Baucus Amendment No. 
2530, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, 
August 3, 2007.
                                                            Page S10589
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in 
accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of 
the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, August 3, 2007. 
                                                            Page S10589
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill upon disposition of the House message on S. 
1.
Page S10682
Appointments:
  Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy: The Chair, on behalf 
of the Vice President, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 4355(a), appointed the 
following Senators to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military 
Academy: Senator Hutchison, from the Committee on Appropriations, 
Senator Landrieu, from the Committee on Appropriations, Senator Reed, 
designated by the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, and 
Senator Collins, at Large.
Page S10676
  Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy: The Chair, on behalf of 
the Vice President, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 6968(a), appointed the 
following Senators to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy: 
Senator Cochran, from the Committee on Appropriations, Senator 
Mikulski, from the Committee on Appropriations, Senator McCain, 
designated by the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, and 
Senator Cardin, at Large.
Page S10676
FISA Legislation--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that when the Majority Leader, or his designee, introduces 
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) legislation, on Thursday, 
August 2, 2007, they be considered as having received their first 
reading on the Legislative day of Wednesday, August 1, 2007. 
                                                            Page S10680
Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act--Agreement: A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 
9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2007, Senate resume consideration of 
the amendment of the House to S. 1, to provide greater transparency in 
the legislative process; that there be two hours of debate prior to a 
vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the 
amendment of the House; provided further, that the Majority Leader and 
the Republican Leader be permitted to use their Leadership Time at the 
expiration of the two hours, with the Majority Leader speaking 
immediately prior to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture; provided 
further, that upon the use of all time, Senate to vote on the motion to 
invoke cloture.
  Page S10682
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  David C. Geary, of Missouri, to be a Member of the Board of Directors 
of the National Board for Education Sciences for a term expiring 
November 28, 2010.
  Bijan Rafiekian, of California, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term 
expiring January 20, 2011.
  Peter B. McCarthy, of Wisconsin, to be an Assistant Secretary of the 
Treasury.
  Charles L. Hopkins, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs (Operations, Preparedness, Security and Law 
Enforcement).
  Joe W. Stecher, of Nebraska, to be United States Attorney for the 
District of Nebraska for the term of four years.
  Jill E. Sommers, of Kansas, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission for the remainder of the term expiring April 
13, 2009.
  (Prior to this action, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry was discharged from further consideration.)
  Bartholomew H. Chilton, of Delaware, to be a Commissioner of the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission for the remainder of the term 
expiring April 13, 2008.
  (Prior to this action, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry was discharged from further consideration.)
  Miguel Campaneria, of Puerto Rico, to be a Member of the National 
Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2012.
  Thomas P. D'Agostino, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary for Nuclear 
Security, Department of Energy.

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  Eric G. John, of Indiana, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of 
Thailand.
  (Prior to this action, Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged 
from further consideration.)
  Diane Auer Jones, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary for 
Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
  Diane G. Farrell, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term 
expiring January 20, 2011.
  Michael W. Michalak, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Socialist 
Republic of Vietnam.
  (Prior to this action, Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged 
from further consideration.)
  David H. McCormick, of Pennsylvania, to be an Under Secretary of the 
Treasury.
  31 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
  25 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  5 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Navy.
Pages S10604, S10682-83
Messages from the House:
  Page S10602
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S10602
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S10585, S10680
Executive Communications:
  Pages S10602-03
Petitions and Memorials:
  Page S10603
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S10604
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S10605-06
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S10606-28
Additional Statements:
  Pages S10600-01
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S10628-58
Authorities for Committees To Meet:
  Pages S10658-60
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S10660
Text of H.R. 2638 as Previously Passed:
  Pages S10660-76
Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total--292) 
                Pages S10539-40, S10542, S10581, S10582, S10583, S10584
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 8:39 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2007. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following:
   S. 1677, to amend the Exchange Rates and International Economic 
Coordination Act of 1988, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  An original bill (S. 1923), to authorize appropriations for 
assistance for the Housing Assistance Council, the Raza Development 
Fund, and for the Housing Partnership Network (HPN) and its members;
  An original bill to establish requirements for private lenders to 
protect student borrowers receiving private educational loans; and
  An original bill to establish a nonpartisan Commission on Natural 
Catastrophe Risk Management and Insurance.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE OVERSIGHT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
an oversight hearing to examine the Department of Commerce, after 
receiving from Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce.
CLEAN COAL TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an 
oversight hearing to examine recent advances in clean coal technology, 
focusing on the prospects for deploying these technologies at a 
commercial scale in the near future, after receiving testimony from 
Carl O. Bauer, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, 
Department of Energy; Jerry Hollinden, URS Corp, Louisville, Kentucky, 
on behalf of the National Coal Council, Inc.; Jeffrey N. Phillips, 
Electric Power Research Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina; Donald C. 
Langley, Babcock and Wilcox Company, Barberton, Ohio; Andrew Perlman, 
Great Point Energy, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Frank Alix, Powerspan 
Corp., Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Jim Rosborough, Dow Chemical Company, 
Midland, Michigan; and Bill Fehrman, PacifiCorp Energy, Salt Lake City, 
Utah.
WATER BILLS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and 
Power concluded to examine S. 1054 and H.R. 122, bills to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the Inland 
Empire regional recycling project and in the Cucamonga Valley Water 
District recycling project, S. 1472, to authorize the

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Secretary of the Interior to create a Bureau of Reclamation partnership 
with the North Bay Water Reuse Authority and other regional partners to 
achieve objectives relating to water supply, water quality, and 
environmental restoration, S. 1475 and H.R. 1526, bills to amend the 
Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to 
authorize the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program, H.R. 30, to 
amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities 
Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in the 
Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water System Pressurization 
and Expansion Project, H.R. 609, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater 
and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of 
the Interior to participate in the Central Texas Water Recycling and 
Reuse Project, and H.R. 1175, to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and 
Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to increase the ceiling on the 
Federal share of the costs of phase I of the Orange County, California, 
Regional Water Reclamation Project, after receiving testimony from 
Representative Edwards; Larry Todd, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of 
Reclamation, Department of the Interior; Larry Groth, City of Waco, 
Waco, Texas; Richard W. Atwater, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Chino, 
California; Gary W. Darling, City of Antioch, Antioch, California; Bill 
Long, North Bay Water Reuse Authority, North San Pablo Bay, California; 
and Randy A. Record, Eastern Municipal Water District, Riverside 
County, California.
UNITED STATES AFRICA COMMAND
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on African Affairs 
concluded a hearing to examine the United States Africa Command, 
focusing on a new strategic relationship with Africa, after receiving 
testimony from Jendayi E. Frazer, Assistant Secretary of State for 
African Affairs; Theresa Whelan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for African 
Affairs, and Major General Jonathan S. Gration, USAF (Ret.), former 
Director, Strategy, Policy, and Assessments, United States European 
Command, both of the Department of Defense; Michael E. Hess, Assistant 
Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian 
Assistance, United States Agency for International Development; and J. 
Stephen Morrison, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and 
Mark Malan, Refugees International, both of Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
ordered favorably reported the following:
  S. 680, to ensure proper oversight and accountability in Federal 
contracting; with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  H.R. 1254, to amend title 44, United States Code, to require 
information contributors to Presidential library fundraising 
organizations, with an amendment;
  An original bill to provide for the flexibility of certain disaster 
relief funds, and for improved evacuation and sheltering during 
disasters and catastrophes;
  S. 1446, to amend the National Capital Transportation Act of 1969 to 
authorize additional Federal contributions for maintaining and 
improving the transit system of the Washington Metropolitan Area 
Transit Authority;
  S. 547, to establish a Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security for 
Management;
  S. 1245, to reform mutual aid agreements for the National Capital 
Region;
  S. 597, to extend the special postage stamp for breast cancer 
research for 2 years;
  H.R. 2570 and S. 1732, bills to designate the facility of the United 
States Postal Service located at 301 Boardwalk Drive in Fort Collins, 
Colorado, as the ``Dr. Karl E. Carson Post Office Building'';
  S. 1772, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 127 South Elm Street in Gardner, Kansas, as the 
``Private First Class Shane R. Austin Post Office'';
  S. 1781, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 118 Minner Avenue in Bakersfield, California, as the 
``Buck Owens Post Office'';
  H.R. 2127, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 408 West 6th Street in Chelsea, Oklahoma, as the 
``Clem Rogers McSpadden Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 2563, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 309 East Linn Street in Marshalltown, Iowa, as the 
``Major Scott Nisely Post Office'';
  S. 1539, to designate the post office located at 309 East Linn 
Street, Marshalltown, Iowa, as the ``Major Scott Nisely Post Office'';
  S. 1596, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 103 South Getty Street in Uvalde, Texas, as the 
``Dolph S. Briscoe, Jr. Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 1722, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 601 Banyan Trail in Boca Raton, Florida, as the 
``Leonard W. Herman Post Office'';
  H.R. 1425, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 4551 East 52nd

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Street in Odessa, Texas, as the ``Staff Sergeant Marvin `Rex' Young 
Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 2078, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 14536 State Route 136 in Cherry Fork, Ohio, as the 
``Staff Sergeant Omer T. `O.T.' Hawkins Post Office'';
  H.R. 2077, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 20805 State Route 125 in Blue Creek, Ohio, as the 
``George B. Lewis Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 1617, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 561 Kingsland Avenue in University City, Missouri, 
as the ``Harriett F. Woods Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 2025, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 11033 South State Street in Chicago, Illinois, as 
the ``Willye B. White Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 1335, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 508 East Main Street in Seneca, South Carolina, as 
the ``S/Sgt Lewis G. Watkins Post Office Building'';
  H.R. 1260, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 6301 Highway 58 in Harrison, Tennessee, as the 
``Claude Ramsey Post Office'';
  H.R. 1434, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 896 Pittsburgh Street in Springdale, Pennsylvania, 
as the ``Rachel Carson Post Office Building'';
  S. 1896, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 11 Central Street in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, as 
the ``Officer Jeremy Todd Charron Post Office''; and
  The nominations of Jim Nussle, of Iowa, to be Director of the Office 
of Management and Budget, and Dennis R. Schrader, of Maryland, to be 
Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness, Federal Emergency 
Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
POST-9/11 AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC PRESENCE
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the 
District of Columbia concluded a hearing to examine the under-
representation of Americans at the United Nations and its 
organizations, focusing on ways to build a stronger American diplomatic 
presence, including staffing shortfalls since the implementation of the 
Diplomatic Readiness Initiative, and filling gaps in the language 
proficiency of Foreign Service officers and other staff, after 
receiving testimony Heather M. Hodges, Acting Director General of the 
Foreign Service, Director of Human Resources, and James B. Warlick, 
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organization 
Affairs, both of the Department of State; Jess T. Ford, and Thomas 
Melito, each a Director, International Affairs and Trade, Government 
Accountability Office; John K. Naland, American Foreign Service 
Association, and Thomas D. Boyatt, Foreign Affairs Council, both of 
Washington, D.C.; and Deborah Derrick, Better World Campaign, New York, 
New York.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported S. 625, to protect the public health by providing 
the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate 
tobacco products, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
NOMINATION
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing on the 
nomination of Donald M. Kerr, of Virginia, to be Principal Deputy 
Director of National Intelligence, after the nominee, who was 
introduced by Senators Bingaman and Warner, testified and answered 
questions in his own behalf.
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                        House of Representatives

Chamber Action
Public bills and Resolutions Introduced: 41 public bills, H.R. 3270-3310; 
and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 196-198; and H. Res. 593, 603-605 were 
introduced.
  Pages H9466-68, H9543-45
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H9468-69, H9545-46
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  Conference Report on H.R. 2272, to invest in innovation through research 
development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States (H. 
Rept. 110-289);
  H. Res. 599, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3161) making 
appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2008 (H. Rept. 110-290);

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  H. Res. 600, providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules 
(H. Rept. 110-291);
  H. Res. 601, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3159) to 
mandate minimum periods of rest and recuperation for units and members of 
the regular and reserve components of the Armed Forces between deployments 
for Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom (H. Rept. 110-
292); and
  H. Res. 602, providing for consideration of the conference report to 
accompany the bill H.R. 2272) to invest in innovation through research and 
development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States (H. 
Rept. 110-293).
Pages H9414-65, H9466, H9543
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative 
Tauscher to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today.
  Page H9281
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval for the Journal by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 214 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 780. 
                                                        Page H9281, H9286-87
Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the Price (GA) motion to adjourn by a yea-and-
nay vote of 177 yeas to 231 nays, Roll No. 779.
  Pages H9285-86
Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the Abercrombie motion to adjourn by a recorded 
vote of 154 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 781.
  Page H9287
Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the Sessions motion to adjourn by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 172 yeas to 246 nays, Roll No. 783.
  Pages H9298-99
Children's Health and Medicare Protection Act of 2007: The House passed H.R. 
3162, to amend titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act to 
extend and improve the children's health insurance program, to improve 
beneficiary protections under the Medicare, Medicaid, and the CHIP program, 
by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 204 nays, Roll No. 787. 
                                              Pages H9302-H9414, H9471-H9503
  Rejected the Granger motion to recommit the bill to the Committees on 
Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means with instructions to report the same 
back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a yea-and-nay vote of 202 
yeas to 226 nays, Roll No. 786.
Pages H9499-H9502
  Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill, 
modified by the amendment printed in H. Rept. 110-285, shall be considered 
as adopted.
Page H9349
  H. Res. 594, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed 
to by a recorded vote of 224 ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 785, after agreeing 
to order the previous question by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 190 
nays, Roll No. 784.
Page H9287-98, H9299-H9302
  Earlier, the House agreed to consider the resolution by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 222 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 782.
Pages H9289-90
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he notified 
Congress of an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect 
to Lebanon--referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered printed 
(H. Doc. 110-53).
  Page H9503
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following 
measure:
  SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2007: H.R. 3248, to amend the 
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy 
for Users to make technical corrections, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 422 
yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 789.
  Pages H9507-22, H9532-33
Water Resources Development Act of 2007: The House agreed to the conference 
report to accompany H.R. 1495, to provide for the conservation and 
development of water and related resources and to authorize the Secretary of 
the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and 
harbors of the United States, by a yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas to 40 nays, 
Roll No. 790.
  Pages H9522-32, H9533-34
H. Res. 597, the rule providing for consideration of the conference report, 
was agreed to by voice vote.
  Pages H9503-07
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet 
at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, August 2nd, by a yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 15 
nays, Roll No. 788.
  Page H9532
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate today appear on pages 
H9281 and H9302.
Senate Referrals: S. J. Res. 7 and S. J. Res. 8 were referred to the 
Committee on House Administration and S. Con. Res. 26 was held at the desk. 
                                                           Page H9465, H9542
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on page 
H9534.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Eleven yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H9285-86, 
H9286-87, H9287, H9289-90, H9298-99, H9300-01, H9301, H9501-02, H9502-03, 
H9532, H9532-33, and H9533-34. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 11:30 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1112-D1115]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
CAPITOL POWER PLANT UTILITY TUNNELS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch held a 
hearing on Capitol Power Plant Utility Tunnels. Testimony was heard from 
Terrell Dorn, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO;

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Peter Eveleth, General Counsel, Office of Compliance; the following 
officials of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol: Stephen T. Ayers, 
Acting Architect; and Paul McMahon, Project Executive; and John Thayer, 
former Supervisor, Utility Tunnels Maintenance Crew, Office of the Architect 
of the Capitol.
ARMY-GUARD-RESERVE RECRUITING AND RETENTION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
hearing on active Army, Army Guard and Army Reserve recruiting and 
retention. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: Michael L. Dominguez, Principal Deputy Under 
Secretary, Personnel and Readiness; LTG Michael D. Rochelle, USA, Deputy 
Chief of Staff, G-1, Headquarters, U.S. Army; LTG Clyde A. Vaughan, USA, 
Director, Army National Guard; and MG Thomas P. Bostick, USA, Commanding 
General, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
POST-KATRINA HEALTH CARE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations continued hearings on Post-Katrina Health Care in the New 
Orleans Region: Progress and Continuing Concerns--Part II. Testimony was 
heard from Elizabeth Richter, Acting Director, Center for Medicare 
Management, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health 
and Human Services; Frederick P. Cerise, M.D., Secretary, Department of 
Health and Hospitals, State of Louisiana; Robert L. Neary, Executive-In-
Charge, Officer of Construction and Facilities Management, Department of 
Veterans Affairs; Ray Nagin, Mayor, New Orleans, State of Louisiana; and 
public witnesses.
TERRORISM RISK INSURANCE REVISION AND EXTENSION ACT OF 2007
Committee on Financial Services: Ordered reported, as amended, H.R. 2761, 
Terrorism Risk Insurance Revision and Extension Act of 2007.
THAILAND-FIJI COUP-RELATED SANCTIONS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the 
Global Environment held a hearing on the Impact of Coup-Related Sanctions on 
Thailand and Fiji: Helpful or Harmful to U.S. Relations? Testimony was heard 
from Representative Kirk; and the following officials of the Bureau of East 
Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State: Eric G. John, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, Southeast Asia, and Glyn T. Davies, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.
SOUTH ASIA POLITICAL CRISES
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia 
held a hearing on Political Crises in South Asia: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri 
Lanka and Nepal. Testimony was heard from Representative Pallone; and the 
following officials of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, 
Department of State: Steven R. Mann, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary; 
and John A. Gastright, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Homeland Security: Ordered reported, as amended, the following 
bills: H.R. 1413, To direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security 
(Transportation Security Administration) to address vulnerabilities in 
aviation security by carrying out a pilot program to screen airport workers 
with access to secure and sterile areas of airports; H.R. 1717, To amend the 
Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a National Bio and Agro-defense 
Facility; and H.R. 1955, Homegrown Terrorism, Prevention Act of 2007.
TSA FEDERAL ACQUISITION EXEMPTION
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, 
and Oversight held a hearing entitled ``Playing by Its Own Rules: TSA's 
Exemption from the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and How it Impacts 
Partnerships with the Private Sector.'' Testimony was heard from the 
following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: Elaine Duke, 
Chief Procurement Officer; and Rick Gunderson, Assistant Administrator, 
Acquisition, Transportation Security Administration; and public witnesses.
SMITHSONIAN TRANSITION
Committee on House Administration: Held an oversight hearing on The 
Smithsonian in Transition. Testimony was heard from Representative Matsui; 
the following officials of the Smithsonian Institution: Cristian Samper, 
Acting Secretary; and A. Sprightley Ryan, Inspector General; and Charles 
Bowsher, Chairman, Independent Review Committee, and former Comptroller 
General of the United States.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Ordered reported, the following bills: H.R. 400, 
as amended, War Profiteering Prevention Act of 2007; H.R. 2102, as amended, 
Free Flow of Information Act, and H.R. 3013, Attorney-client Privilege 
Protection Act of 2007.
  Committee recessed subject to call.
PAT TILLMAN FRATRICIDE
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Held a hearing on the Tillman 
Fratricide: What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew. Testimony 
was heard from former Secretary of Defense: Donald H. Rumsfeld; and the 
following officials of the Department of the Army: GEN Richard Myers, USA, 
former Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff; GEN John P. Abizaid, former Commander, 
U.S. Central Command; and GEN Bryan Douglas Brown, USA,

[[Page D1114]]

former Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command.
CONFERENCE REPORT--21ST CENTURY COMPETITIVENESS ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules. Granted, by a voice vote, a rule providing for the 
consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill H.R. 2272 to 
invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the 
competitiveness of the United States. The rule waives all points of order 
against the conference report and against its consideration. The rule also 
provides that the conference report be considered as read. Testimony was 
heard by Chairman Gordon.
THE ENSURING MILITARY READINESS THROUGH STABILITY AND PREDICTABILITY 
DEPLOYMENT POLICY ACT OF 2007
Committee on Rules. Granted, by a vote of 7 to 2, a closed rule. The rule 
provides one hour of debate on H.R. 3159, Ensuring Military Readiness 
Through Stability and Predictability Deployment Policy Act of 2007, equally 
divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Armed Services. The rule waives all points of order against 
consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule 
XXI. The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Armed Services now printed in the bill shall 
be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as 
read. The rule waives all points of order against the provisions in the 
bill, as amended. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without 
instructions. Finally, the rule provides that the Chair may postpone further 
consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker. Testimony was 
heard by Chairman Skelton, Representatives Hunter, Tauscher, Sestak, Wolf, 
Shays, Castle, Gerlach, McCaul, and Dent.
PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a voice vote, a rule authorizing the Speaker 
to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules at any time through 
the legislative day of Friday, August 3, 2007 on the following measures:
  (1) The bill (H.R. 3087) to require the President, in coordination with 
the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 
and other senior military leaders, to develop and transmit to Congress a 
comprehensive strategy for the redeployment of United States Armed Forces in 
Iraq; and
  (2) A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to 
establish a procedure for authorizing certain electronic surveillance.
AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED 
AGENCIES PROGRAMS, FY 2008
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a vote of 8 to 4, a structured rule. The 
rule provides for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 3161) making 
appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2008, and for other purposes. The rule provides that the bill 
shall be considered as read and that no further debate on any pending 
amendment shall be in order. The rule provides for further general debate 
not to exceed 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and 
ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. The rule 
provides that the amendments printed in part A of the Rules Committee report 
shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the 
Whole. No further amendment shall be in order except those prined in part B 
of the Rules Committee report. The rule provides that each amendment printed 
in part B of the report may be offered only in the order printed in the 
report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be 
considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report 
equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not 
be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for a division 
of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. The rule 
waives all points of order against such amendments except for clauses 9 and 
10 of Rule XXI. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without 
instructions.
  The rule further provides that after the motion that the Committee rise 
has been rejected on a legislative day, the chair may entertain another such 
motion on that day only if offered by the Chairman of the Committee on 
Appropriations or the Majority Leader. It also provides that after a motion 
to strike out the enacting words of the bill has been rejected, the Chair 
may not entertain another such motion during further consideration of the 
bill. Testimony was heard by Representative Kingston.
DOE'S SAVANNAH RIVER ECOLOGY LABORATORY SUPPORT
Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Investigations and 
Oversight, and the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment continued joint 
hearings on the Department of Energy's Support for the Savannah River 
Ecology Laboratory (SREL), Part II. Testimony was heard from the following 
officials of the Department of Energy: Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary; Jeff 
Allison, Manager, Savannah River Site; Paul Gilbertson, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary, Engineering and Technology, Office of Environmental Management; 
and Yvette Colazzo, Assistant Manager, Closure Project, Savannah River 
Operations Office; and public witnesses.

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PAYING SMALL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Regulation, Health Care and 
Trade held a hearing entitled ``Ensuring Prompt Payment for Small Health 
Care Providers.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic 
Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management approved for full 
Committee action the following measures: H.R. 3246, Regional Economic and 
Infrastructure Development Act of 2007; H.R. 3224, Dam Rehabilitation and 
Repair Act of 2007; H.R. 3247, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Recovery 
Facilitation Act of 2007; H.R. 3068, Federal Protective Service Guard 
Contracting Reform Act of 2007; H.R. 2671, To designate the United States 
courthouse located at 301 North Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida, as the ``C. 
Clyde Atkins United States Courthouse;'' and H.R. 2728, To designate the 
station of the United States Border Patrol located at 25762 Madison Avenue 
in Murrieta, California, as the ``Theodore L. Newton, Jr. and George F. 
Azrak Border Patrol Station.''
MEASURING POVERTY IN AMERICA
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Income Security and Family 
Support held a hearing on Measuring Poverty in America. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
AVIATION TAXES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a 
hearing on Aviation Taxes. Testimony was heard from Representatives Oberstar 
and Mica; Marion C. Blakey, Administrator, FAA, Department of 
Transportation; Joseph Kile, Assistant Director Microeconomic Studies 
Division, CBO; Gerald L. Dillingham, Director, Physical Infrastructure 
Issues, GAO; and public witnesses.
BRIEFING--SIGINT
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human 
Intelligence Analysis and Counterintelligence and the Subcommittee on 
Technical and Tactical Intelligence met in executive session to receive a 
joint briefing on SIGINT. The Subcommittees were briefed by departmental 
witnesses.
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[Page D1115]
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                             NEW PUBLIC LAWS

        (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1101)
  S. 1868, to temporarily extend the programs under the Higher Education Act 
of 1965.
  Signed on July 31, 2007. (Public Law 110-51)
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2007-08-02

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1115-D1116]
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COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2007

          (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to receive a closed briefing on drawdown 
planning for the United States forces in Iraq, 11:30 a.m., S-407, 
Capitol.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to 
examine the nominations of Randall S. Kroszner, of New Jersey, Larry 
Allan Klane, of the District of Columbia, and Elizabeth A. Duke, of 
Virginia, all to be Members of the Board of Governors of the Federal 
Reserve System, 9:30 a.m., SD-538.
  Subcommittee on Security and International Trade and Finance, to hold 
hearings to examine reforming key international financial institutions 
for the 21st century, 2:30 p.m., SD-538.
  Committee on the Budget: business meeting to consider the nomination of 
Jim Nussle, of Iowa, to be Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget, 2:30 p.m., S-120, Capitol.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: business meeting to 
consider pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National 
Parks, to hold hearings to examine S. 1253, to establish a fund for the 
National Park Centennial Challenge, 2:30 p.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal 
Services, and International Security, to hold hearings to examine the 
Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (Public Law 109-435), focusing 
on the services that are provided to customers, 10 a.m., SD-342.
  Committee on the Judiciary: to continue hearings to examine the 
Department of Justice politicizing the hiring and firing of United States 
Attorneys, focusing on preserving prosecutorial independence, 10 a.m., 
SD-226.
  Full Committee, business meeting to consider S. 1692, to grant a 
Federal charter to Korean War Veterans Association, Incorporated, S. 
1060, to reauthorize the grant program for reentry of offenders into the 
community in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, to 
improve reentry planning and implementation, S. 453, to prohibit 
deceptive practices in Federal elections, S. 1845, to provide for 
limitations in certain communications between the Department of Justice 
and the White House Office relating to civil and criminal investigations, 
a bill entitled, ``School Safety and Law Enforcement Act'', and the 
nominations of Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, to be United States Attorney 
for the District of Puerto Rico, Richard A. Jones, to be United States 
District Judge for the Western District of Washington, Sharion Aycock, to 
be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi, 
and Leslie Southwick, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge 
for the Fifth Circuit, 11:30 a.m., SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine 
certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                  House

  Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Military Personnel, 
hearing to follow-up on the notification of

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family members of next of kin of deceased and wounded process for the 
Marine Corps, 2 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Budget, hearing on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: What 
will be the long-term effect on the federal budget? 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and 
Hazardous Materials, to consider H.R. 1534, Mercury Export Ban Act of 
2007, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, and Global 
Health, hearing on Africa Command: Opportunity for Enhanced Engagement or 
the Militarization of U.S.-Africa Relations,'' 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections, oversight 
hearing on the Election Assistance Commission, 2 p.m., 1310 Longworth.
  Committee on the Judiciary, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 3013, 
Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007; H.R. 2740, MEJA 
Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007; H.R. 1119, Purple Heart Family 
Equity Act of 2007; and H.R. 1071, September 11 Family Humanitarian 
Relief and Patriotism Act, 11 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and 
Oceans, hearing on H.R. 1769, Endangered Salmon Predation Prevention Act, 
10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
  Subcommittee on National Parks, and Public Lands, hearing on the 
following bills: H.R. 3094, National Park Centennial Fund Act; and H.R. 
2959, National Park Centennial Challenge Fund Act, 10 a.m., 1324 
Longworth.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to consider the 
following: H.R. 312, Civilian Service Recognition Act of 2007; H.R. 928, 
Improving Government Accountability Act; H. Res. 554, Supporting the 
Goals and Ideals of National Passport Month; H.R. 3106, To designate the 
facility of the United States Postal Service located at 805 Main Street 
in Ferdinand, Indiana, as the ``Staff Sergeant David L. Nord Post 
Office;'' H.R. 2778, To designate the facility of the United States 
Postal Service located at 3 Quaker Ridge Road in New Rochelle, New York, 
as the ``Robert Merrill Postal Station;'' H.R. 733, District of Columbia 
Budget Autonomy Act of 2007; H.R. 1054, District of Columbia Legislative 
Autonomy Act of 2007; H. Res. 544, Expressing the sympathy and pledging 
the support of the House of Representatives and the people of the United 
States for the victims of the devastating thunderstorms that caused 
severe flooding in 20 counties in eastern Kansas beginning on June 26, 
2007; and Subpoenas, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Services, and the District of 
Columbia, hearings on Federal Compensation, Part 2, Benefits, 2 p.m., 
2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Rules, to consider the following: H.R. 2776, Renewable 
Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007; and H.R. 3221, New 
Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer 
Protection Act, 3 p.m., H-313 Capitol.
  Committee on Small Business, hearing entitled ``Disaster Planning and 
Recovery: Are We Ready for Another Katrina?'' 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to consider the 
following: H.R. 3246, Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development 
Act of 2007; H.R. 3224, Dam Rehabilitation and Repair Act of 2007; H.R. 
3247. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Recovery Facilitation Act of 2007; H.R. 
409, To amend title 23, United States Code, to inspect highway tunnels; 
H.R. 2671, To designate the United States courthouse located at 301 North 
Miami Avenue, Miami, Florida, as the ``C. Clyde Atkins United States 
Courthouse;'' H.R. 2728, To designate the station of the United States 
Border Patrol located at 25762 Madison Avenue in Murrieta, California, as 
the ``Theodore L. Newton, Jr., and George F. Azrak Border Patrol 
Station;'' H. Res. 444, Supporting the goals and ideals of National 
Aviation Maintenance Technician Day, honoring the invaluable 
contributions of Charles Edward Taylor, regarded as the father of 
aviation maintenance, and recognizing the essential role of aviation 
maintenance technicians in ensuring the safety and security of civil and 
military aircraft; and H. Res. 549, Recognizing the importance of 
America's Waterway Watch programs, 11 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing on 
Challenges Facing the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Program, 2 p.m., 2167 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade, hearing on 
Legislation Related to Trade with China, 9 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, briefing on 
Intelligence Community Update on Iraq, 10 a.m., H-405 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and 
Counterintelligence, executive, briefing on CIA new Counter Terrorism 
Activity, 1 p.m., H-405 Capitol.


                             Joint Meetings

  Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to hold hearings to 
examine freedom of the media in the Organization for Security and 
Cooperation in Europe region, 2 p.m., 340 CHOB.


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Daily Digest/Resume of Congressional Activity

[Daily Digest]
[Page D1117]
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*These figures include all measures reported, even if there was no 
accompanying report. A total of 139 reports have been filed in the 
Senate, a total of 288 reports have been filed in the House.

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                             Resume of Congressional Activity

                     FIRST SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH CONGRESS


    The first table gives a comprehensive resume of all legislative 
business transacted by the Senate and House.
    The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the 
Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.

                               DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY


                             January 4 through July 31, 2007

                                               Senate             House             Total
     Days in session...............               117               107               . .
     Time in session...............     895 hrs., 41     980 hrs., 13               . .
     Congressional Record:
    Pages of proceedings...........            10,529             9,251               . .
    Extensions of Remarks..........               . .             1,667               . .
     Public bills enacted into law.                13                35               . .
     Private bills enacted into law               . .               . .               . .
     Bills in conference...........                 4                 5               . .
     Measures passed, total........               334               676             1,010
    Senate bills...................                46                22               . .
    House bills....................                47               310               . .
    Senate joint resolutions.......                 3               . .               . .
    House joint resolutions........                 2                 2               . .
    Senate concurrent resolutions..                15                 4               . .
    House concurrent resolutions...                24                58               . .
    Simple resolutions.............               197               280               . .
     Measures reported, total......              *235              *273              *508
    Senate bills...................               136                 2               . .
    House bills....................                28               189               . .
    Senate joint resolutions.......                 3               . .               . .
    House joint resolutions........               . .               . .               . .
    Senate concurrent resolutions..                 6               . .               . .
    House concurrent resolutions...                 3                 6               . .
    Simple resolutions.............                59                76               . .
     Special reports...............                13                 6               . .
     Conference reports............                 1                 4               . .
     Measures pending on calendar..               193                22               . .
     Measures introduced, total....             2,246             4,108             6,354
    Bills..........................             1,901             3,269               . .
    Joint resolutions..............                16                47               . .
    Concurrent resolutions.........                42               195               . .
    Simple resolutions.............               287               597               . .
     Quorum calls..................                 6                 7               . .
     Yea-and-nay votes.............               286               346               . .
     Recorded votes................               . .               425               . .
     Bills vetoed..................                 1                 1               . .
     Vetoes overridden.............               . .               . .               . .
                           DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS


                             January 4 through July 31, 2007

     Civilian nominations, totaling 341, disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed..........................................133...
         Unconfirmed........................................192...
         Withdrawn...........................................16...

     Other Civilian nominations, totaling 2,229, disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed........................................2,226...
         Unconfirmed..........................................3...

     Air Force nominations, totaling 5,959, disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed........................................5,132...
         Unconfirmed........................................827...

     Army nominations, totaling 2,386, disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................1,814...
         Unconfirmed........................................572...

     Navy nominations, totaling 2,402, disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed..........................................958...
         Unconfirmed......................................1,444...

     Marine Corps nominations, totaling 1,327, disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed........................................1,324...
         Unconfirmed..........................................3...

                                Summary
     Total nominations carried over from the First Session....0
     Total nominations received this Session.............14,644
     Total confirmed.....................................11,587
     Total unconfirmed....................................3,041
     Total withdrawn.........................................16
     Total returned to the White House........................0


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Thursday, August 2

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will resume consideration of the amendment 
of the House to S. 1, Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act, 
and after a period of debate, vote on the motion to invoke cloture 
thereon, and upon its disposition, Senate will continue consideration 
of H.R. 976, Small Business Tax Relief Act.

              Next Meeting of THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       9 a.m., Thursday, August 2

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: To be announced. 


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